On the right track
Telstra’s Network Construction team, which was involved in a major project over 6 years, had good reason to celebrate earlier this week.
The event was the 25th International Project Management Association (IPMA) World Congress – incorporating the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) Achievement Awards.
The reason to celebrate was Telstra’s ARTC National Train Communications System (NTCS) project for enterprise customer Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), won at the national level in the Product Development category on Tuesday night.
It was wonderful to be there to witness the project managers involved receiving such prestigious, industry recognition.
So what was involved with the ARTC NTCS project? Obviously, a whole lot of acronyms (forgive all these please), and a whole lot more.
When the Australian Rail Track Corporation decided to improve its existing system for communicating between train control and train crew it was clear the legacy system could not simply be upgraded.
With significant variations in the technology used between states, a specially designed next generation voice and data communications system was required.
The solution, a system built on Telstra’s Next G® network infrastructure, consisted of building some 76 Next G® base stations along ARTC’s 10,000 kilometre track system.
The project also involved the development of a customised device to be mounted within the train. The in-cab equipment (ICE) designed for the National Train Communications System is the next generation for train-borne voice and data communications.
Built on design principles, hardware and protocols proven in critical life safety communications, the ICE platform consists of a digital voice and data backplane with various communications integration modules plugged in to allow voice and data switching to different communications infrastructures.
Importantly, this means regardless of the underlying technology or train control centre, the train driver has consistent, reliable communications.
My congratulations to the team for delivering a tailored product; now recognised as industry best; for a major enterprise customer.
Do you think we were on the right track with this one?